Type, type, type, type

Still transcribing Grandpa’s letters.   I have, I think, four more letters to type.  There are lots of letters between Grandpa and his cousin, Otto, up until Otto reached Peru in the early 50’s, then they taper off quite a bit.  It’s so fascinating!   Things I have learned since reading these letters:

  • What the Marshall Plan was and what it attempted to do for European recovery after WWII
  • How difficult it was to get out of Europe at that time
  • What Grandpa was like before I was born

I am also working on scanning a bunch of old pictures that I will include in the book.   Photos of Grandpa’s graduation from The University of Chicago.   Pictures of him with his three children, pictures with me at three months old.   There are photographs of his mother, my great grandmother.   I do need to get in touch with Otto’s son Petr to see if I can get some photos of Uncle, Otto and Anny (Uncle, cousin, and cousins wife).

There are so many possibilities and directions I can go; I want to include some audio of family members reading the letters, maybe a short movie or two,   Embed some scans of the hand written letters and some other tidbits of information to help round out things mentioned in the letters.  My brain is about to explode.

Mom and I have also talked about making this available to the public via an iBook.  With my photography background, I am well aware of copyrights and I am trying to find an attorney that can steer me in the right direction – just because we have the physical letters, doesn’t mean we own the words.

First things first – get all the material together that I am going to use – type the remaining letters and scan all the photographs.  Almost there….


Ernst and Otto

Ernst was my grandfather.  Otto was his cousin.

In 2012, my mother found a box in the attic that was probably tagged to be tossed in the trash.  One last look uncovered a treasure.  Correspondence between Ernst and Otto dating from the early 1940’s to the mid-1990’s.   Letters outlining the birth of my mother and two uncles, stories about Otto’s ultimate immigration to Lima, Peru, tidbits about the book Ernst was writing, and all sorts of references to the world around them.

In a previous post, I talked about a Leica camera that I inherited from my grandfather – there are references to this camera in these letters.

I am taking these 50 years of correspondence and putting together an iBook.  A look at their extraordinary lives thru the letters they wrote to each other.  No ETA as of yet.  We are still getting all the letters organized chronologically and translated – most of Otto’s letters are written in German.   When I go to NC next month, we’ll look at photos that would work with the text.

I find it fascinating because it’s my grandpa.  I also find it fascinating with it’s history.

I should have paid more attention in history class in school.

Instagram the world…

I just added a new link – over there on the right.  It’s a link to my Instagram feed. Mostly fun and quirky stuff I find during my day.  Sometimes I will post an image from my Now You See Me project there.

I like Instagram. I like the app, the sharing, and the chance to meet new people. Our Chicago group is pretty active, meeting about once a month to photograph and have lunch or something.  There is even a couple that drives in from Indianapolis for our outings!  If you are interested, find us on Instagram at @igerschicago.  We’d love for you to join us virtually or in person!

I think the best part about Instagram is the part about meeting new people.  @awareofthevoid is one such photographer.  I am not sure who started following who first but  I can say it’s been a lot of fun getting to know him both on Instagram and now on Facebook.  He loves film photography and does his own developing.  It’s been fun getting his opinion on such things as equipment and films.   We’ve helped each other edit images for shows.   We’ve never met in person – he lives in Ireland.

The world is a wonderful place!

Check out his work here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/okmqaz42/with/6093913165/

First time for everything….

It’s official.  One of my photographs will be on a cover of a publication.  Fifth Wednesday Journal will put one of my photographs on it’s cover.

This was pretty serendipitous.

I was referred to them as someone having images that may work.  Emails were sent back and forth.  Sample images were shared.   The one below was selected for the cover.   It will wrap around the front, spine, and back.  What’s really cool is that the ‘back’ could stand on it’s own as an abstract.

This is the first time my photography has been used in this fashion and I am more excited than I can say.  Head on over to Fifth Wednesday Journal and order yourself a copy, or two or three.

The journal will be sent out in May.


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